Henderson out to grasp chance
Jordan Henderson intends to take his England chance with both hands after being called up to face France.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 16/11/10 8:12am
Sunderland starlet Jordan Henderson intends to take his England chance with both hands following his surprise call-up for their friendly with France.
The talented 20-year-old was one of a number of promising youngsters to be given a chance against Les Bleus on Wednesday by Italian tactician Fabio Capello.
Henderson has been one of Sunderland's players of the season so far and he played a key role in their shock 3-0 success over Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday.
The youngster was 'over the moon' to receive the call from The FA and is now looking forward to training with England's finest after spending Monday recovering following Sunday's exploits.
Henderson does not feel he will be intimidated playing with some of the world's best players and he will be getting stuck in as much as possible while respecting reputations.
Over the moon
"I was over the moon to be honest," he told Sky Sports News. "There was a lot of speculation that I would be in the squad but in my mind I was just concentrating on the Chelsea game and when I got the text on the night I was over the moon.
"It gives you a little bit more confidence (getting the England call), but before the game we just needed to concentrate on the Chelsea game. We needed to make sure we worked hard and pushed forward and we did that.
"Yesterday was a brilliant result for the team and getting the call-up as well it's been a really good week for me. But I need to keep my feet on the ground and keep doing what I've been doing.
"I didn't really train today because I was doing recovery with the games yesterday. I watched a little bit of it and it looked very good.
"I don't think I'll be intimidated. I'll give a lot of players respect for what they've done in the game but I don't think I'll be intimidated. I'll just go out and prove what I can do.
"I spoke to (Darren) Benty a little bit and he's told me what sort of thing to expect. So I've been looking forward to it. I've got to train well and hopefully I'll get a chance to play.
"It's a great opportunity for me and some of the younger lads to show what we can do and I'll do everything in my power to take my chance. You want to come back and play for your country so I'll be doing everything to get another call-up.
"I've just been enjoying my football recently and loving every minute. Hopefully I can do the same here.
"I've met the manager and he seems like a really good guy. He's just said 'Welcome' basically, so hopefully I'll get a lot more chances to see him."